Is your old flag looking a little old and beat up? Is it past its prime? When your flag is no longer fit to serve as a symbol of the American nation, it’s time to retire it and hang up a new one.
With the Fourth of July coming around, you might be thinking about investing in a new flag or purchasing one for the first time to show a little Patriotic pride. Before going out and purchasing a flag, however, it’s important to determine the right American flag for you.
Flags on ships (and boats) communicate. They are intended to send messages to other boats (and ships), and they are structured to do so internationally. Each flag by itself and many combinations provide very specific information, which you should know before you raise any flags.
If you are a serious boater, you will have a complete set of nautical flags available for use. The flags represent the letters A-Z, the digits 0-9 and four special flags. The special flags indicate that you’re answering a signal or are repeating a specific letter.